When Duck’s grumpiness becomes contagious, what can possibly turn it around? Duck is in a very grumpy mood. The pond is dry, and she doesn’t want to roll in the mud with Pig, sing with Rooster, doze with Tortoise, eat laundry with Goat, or join any of the other animals in their pastimes. To make matters worse, the gray cloud that’s following Duck is growing bigger by the minute, and now her friends are feeling gloomy as well. What will it take to cheer them all up? Two prolific picture-book creators look to the skies for a humorous tale of not-fair-weather friendship.
I thought the basis of this story had potential - that a grumpy mood can cast a cloud over you and others - but it just ended when their mood got so bad, that the cloud got so big it started to rain, which solved the problem and made everyone happy. I didn’t like that the increasing bad mood was what made everything better in the end.
Petr Horácek was born on 30th June 1967 in Czechoslovakia. He grew up on the outskirts of Prague.
From the age of 15-19 Petr studied at the High School of Art in Prague. The school specialised mainly in design.
From age 19 Peter worked in a state design studio for two years.
He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Art in Prague from 1988.
Petr graduated as a Master of Fine Art in 1994.
As a student Petr met his English wife Claire and in1995 they moved to England.
Petr started to write and illustrate books soon after his first child was born. The first books ‘Strawberries are Red’ and ‘What is Black and White?’ were published in 2001 and he received the Books For Children Newcomer Award in the same year.
Since then Petr has written and illustrated many books for children. In the UK he is mainly published by Walker Books and his books are translated into many languages. Petr has won awards for his books in Britain, USA and Holland. He lives in Worcester, England.